We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Dell Poweredge SC1420 ESXi 4.0 install issues

benkolb
benkolb asked
on
Medium Priority
4,630 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
I have a Dell Poweredge SC1420 that I am trying to install ESXi 4.0 on. When I try to install ESXi i get this error with a purple screen:                  

"The system has found a problem on your machine and cannot continue.
Unsupported BIOS setting (CPUID) is limited. Disable 'limit CPUID value' or 'Support legacy/NT4 OS in BIOS'

I found the following work arounds on several different threads/forums:

1. At the initial bootloader screen (when booting from the ISO), press TAB to edit the boot options
2. Hold down the left-arrow key to move the cursor back to the beginning of the boot options, and add "nocheckCPUIDLimit" right after "vmkernel.gz", so that the first part of the boot options BEFORE the first "---" reads: "mboot.c32 vmkernel.gz nocheckCPUIDLimit ---"
3. Press ENTER.

I have tried this and I get an error that states "not a multiboot system" and setup starts over. Anyone have ideas?
Comment
Watch Question

Whenever you are trying to install VMware Products, please check the HCL or Hardware Compatibility List to check whether the product which you are trying to install is supported.

This URL shows that the Hardware on which you are trying to install is not suppored -
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?action=search&deviceCategory=server&productId=1&advancedORbasic=advanced&maxDisplayRows=50&key=PowerEdge+&release[]=29&datePosted=-1&partnerId[]=23&formFactorId[]=-1&cpuModeId[]=-1&cpuName[]=-1&chipset[]=-1&stepping=&nsockets=&ncores=&max_mem=&rorre=0

Author

Commented:
I am aware of the compatabity issue, but I would still like to see this work since others have got this going.
Please update the Hardware on which you are trying to install.

Author

Commented:
I have the latest BIOS installed (A04), is there something else I should try?
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2008

Commented:
Ensure that the CPU supports EMT64, otherwise you will not be able to run ESX 4.0.  What type of processor is in the system?

Author

Commented:
Single Intel Xeon 2.8Ghz
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2008

Commented:
If it's the one I'm thinking about I don't believe that it has EMT64 (64 bit capability) which means that it is not ESX 4.0 capable.  

Easy way to check is either look up the service tag and get the actual model for the cpu or try to install 64 bit windows 2003/2008 and see if it fails.
You need a minimum of 2 Processor Sockets for a successful VMware ESX Installation.

URL - http://pubs.vmware.com/vsp40/wwhelp/wwhimpl/js/html/wwhelp.htm#href=install/c_esx_hw.html
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2008
Commented:
Unlock this solution and get a sample of our free trial.
(No credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION
Thank you for clarifying that point, paulsolov.

I was under the impression that ESX 4.0 required a minimum of 2 Procs which was ESX 3.0 requirement.

ESX 3.0 URL - http://pubs.vmware.com/vi35u2/wwhelp/wwhimpl/js/html/wwhelp.htm

Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2008

Commented:
I've actually installed ESX 3.0/3.5 on single proc servers without any issues, the same DL320, whiteboxes, etc..  I've even installed it in vmware workstation with a single proc.  

Most of the licenses are now per 2 proc, meaning that you can use a single license on a 2 proc system vs the old licensing model where it was 1 license per 1 cpu
Commented:
Unlock this solution and get a sample of our free trial.
(No credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION
Commented:
Unlock this solution and get a sample of our free trial.
(No credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION
Unlock the solution to this question.
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Please provide your email to receive a sample view!

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.